3420 Day 7
Workshops? 

Next Time--Touchstones and Warp & Weave cont.—take us to a favorite section/paragraph/image/word…take us to a least favorite…
Next time--Look at a reading reaction—making writerly comments (who shall volunteer)
Advice from Letters to a Fiction Writer that especially stands out to you

Look at Metafiction and the crossing of Fiction and Non-fiction in Maus, The Account Representative, and Junot Diaz—first person narrators very much in charge of the stories being told

 

Style and Workshopping
Focus today on Tension and Transparent Realism vs. clichés (dead metaphors)

 

Style!  Which is also seen in each writerly/art movement through the last 200 years…

Look at a reading reaction—making writerly comments (Faralee)
Advice from Letters to a Fiction Writer that especially stands out to you

Cliches—getting beyond them, but know them first at clichelist.net

Touchstones and Warp & Weave cont.—take us to a favorite section/paragraph/image/word…take us to a least favorite…

Style and Workshopping Skye and Suzanne

Focus today on Tension and Transparent Realism vs. clichés (dead metaphors)

 

 

 

 

Old Notes:

Trouble publishing something that a lot of people are writing like AIDS stories etc.

Gardner and overly sanitized works

In Media Res...and Horace

Plot tension and Freytag's Triangle for short stories (or something similar for 3 act plays or long stories)

1. Continue to discuss workshopping and commenting.
2. Amy Tan and critiquing work (huh? vs. being beaten over the head).
3. Your favorite bits of advice from Letters?  Cassie says Abbott p. 16 Write it all down; 
4. Density in fiction writing.
7. One of Lee's lectures about Bad Language
6. Some advice about Young Adult Fiction -- writing more complexly, with older characters, for younger readers; 
7. Dialogue and internal monologue

Lee's Lecture Notes:
1. Discuss what we learned in Touchstones.
2. Discuss publication etiquette (how to submit your work).
3. Work in class on stories for Touchstones.
4. Revision play--different ways to re-see your writing.
5. Things we learned in workshop.
6. Richard Ford and incubation.
7. Using bad words in our writing (the problem of mimesis and audience).
8. Revising your work (What If exercises--opening up your story; a little surgery; dynamic scening; writing outside the story)??
9. Fun Fiction links.
10. More on publishing.
11. Guide to Lee's Comments
Bring something to work on for Touchstones or Warp and Weave (have it on a jump disk or in email, or even hard copy for a physical edit).

9. Thomas Mann--Baxter p. 50--"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."